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Execution in Nigeria

A Nigerian terrorist group released a video on July 22nd showing five men lined up for execution. The group included three humanitarian aid workers who disappeared last month, along with a security guard and a state employee.

In the 35-second video, the captors address "all those being used by infidels to convert Muslims to Christianity," threatening the country's Christians with the same fate as their abducted victims if they continue evangelizing. The video ends with at least four of the men being shot to death; however, the fate of the fifth is uncertain due to conflicting reports.

According to an unnamed witness, two of the aid workers and the security guard were Christians. It is believed that the terrorists responsible for this crime are from a splinter group of Boko Haram known as the "Islamic State West Africa Province" or "Khalifa."

The governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum, has expressed his condolences and pledged to continue seeking ways to end the violence. Further information on the suffering inflicted upon Nigeria's Christians is available here.

Remember the family and friends of those who have been killed in this horrific incident. Pray that those responsible for the executions will be located by the authorities and thus held accountable for their actions. May governing officials throughout Nigeria dedicate themselves to the ending of terrorist violence which has caused numerous casualties, the destruction of multiple homes and villages, and so much unnecessary heartache for thousands of injured and displaced victims.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC works with in-country partners to encourage and strengthen persecuted Christians through a variety of methods. Christians are equipped with audio bibles to distribute to their persecutors. Christian widows receive skills training and trauma counselling as a way to provide an income for their families and heal from the trauma they’ve faced in losing their husbands. Children who have lost parents and relatives due to attacks are provided with a safe place to grow and be nurtured. Medical fees are paid for Christians who have suffered injuries due to attacks by Boko Haram and Fulani. Discipleship and vocational training are given to Muslim Background Believers to help them start their new lives spiritually and practically. The Glenn Penner Scholarship Award is used to help equip persecuted Christians completing their Masters and have a heart to share the Gospel with the lost in their community.

Project Funds: Women’s Ministry, Bibles, Medical Fund, Families of Martyrs, Equipping the Saints, Relief & Development

Country Information

Population
219,463,862 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Hausa (30), Yoruba (15.5), Igbo (15.2), Fulani (6), Tiv (2.4), Kanuri/Beriberi (2.4), Ibibio (1.8), Izaw/Izon (1.8), Other (24.7)

Religion (%)
Islam (53.5), Christianity (45.9), Other (0.6)

Leader
President Muhammadu Buhari (2015)

Government type
Federal presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law, Islamic law (in 12 northern states), and traditional law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Nigeria

May God minister great comfort and healing to all who have been injured or bereaved as a result of the militants' brutal attacks. In addition, pray for the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls, that they will be assured of the Lord's abiding presence as they await release from captivity. Continue to uphold President Buhari and other members of the Nigerian government as they make further attempts to rescue the remaining girls and provide protection for vulnerable citizens. As they persevere in their endeavours to overcome terrorism, may they be granted wisdom, courage, strength and help from on high.

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